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In Windows I would hold the ALT key to highlight non-consecutive (or non-contiguous) text pieces, but how can I achieve this in the latest OS X (mavericks)? If it's any consolation, I'm trying to achieve this in Word, however I'd like it to be a universal function if possible.

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To solve your problem in Word (and TextEdit and other word processors...), just use Cmd + Select letters/words with mouse:

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You cannot have a universal shortcut AFAIK, because developers need to use something called NSTextView in their apps (which they don't for some reason beyond me...).

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  • Fantastic, thank you. I will tick if no one else comes up with a universal method. +1 – codaamok May 25 '14 at 16:27

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